When I was 9 years old, I asked my parents to get me a typewriter for Christmas. I was already writing stories and little articles when I started skateboarding at age 14. It opened up an entirely new world and brought travel, excitement, and friendships I had never imagined.
My interest in writing and skateboarding converged when I landed my first job. At the age of 19, I started working for Limited Magazine, a new skateboarding magazine published by Urban Supplies distribution.
Soon enough, I was interviewing my heroes, including pro skateboarders such as Jeremy Klein, Geoff Rowley, Salman Agah, AVE, Kareem Campbell, Matt Hensley, and countless others. I was also earning my M.A. in American Studies from Johannes Gutenberg University and working in advertising agencies.
When I graduated in 2002, I was fortunate to land a job as the German Editor at European skateboarding magazine Kingpin Skateboarding Europa and spent the next 4 years documenting Europe's skate scene. In 2007, I moved to the United States and began freelancing for magazines such as Monster Skateboarding, Place, and European Boardsport SOURCE.
In 2009, my first book in cooperation with the Museum of Skateboard History was published by Gingko Press: Made For Skate – The Illustrated History of Skateboard Footwear. Since then, I have become the Skateboard Editor atEuropean Boardsport SOURCE and a regular contributor to SNEAKERS and SPECTR magazines. My latest book, Skateboarding Is Not a Fashion was published by Gingko Press in early 2018.
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